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  • What's a "Registered" Gun?

    You always hear about "registered" guns. But what exactly is that? If you own a gun, are you supposed to register it? With whom? Why? And how? Is there a number inscribed on each gun somewhere?

    I own three guns. Please tell me if any of these is going to get me in trouble:

    I have a .22 magnum revolver that I bought fair and square from a hunting-goods store in Houston years ago. The store took my information when I bought it, but I never went to any police station to register it.

    Then there's an old .410 shotgun that was given to me by an ex-boyfriend. I assume he got it from his father, but there's no "paper trail" on that one.

    I also own a .38 that another ex gave me. (Hey - you've just gotta date the right guys! ) He described it as the kind of gun that "if you ever have to use it, shoot the b*****d, then throw the gun away in a river." That guy grew up rough, and he always talked in codes; I have no idea what he meant.





  • #2
    I wish I could date a few women who drop me an extra gun every now and then when they're done using it..geesh.

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    • #3
      If you buy a gun retail, you fill out a form 4473 from the BATFE and the required state paperwork, if any. That's registered. If someone needed to look, and had the access to the paperwork, they could find that you own X weapon.

      Some states require private sales to be registered; Connecticut does for pistol and long guns, but waives the paperwork requirement for people with carry permits on long guns.

      Some states do not require any registration other than retail sales, person to person sales are not regulated with paperwork.

      The .38 your ex gave you...lets hope it wasn't stolen or "used"...

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      • #4
        you should bring in your handguns to the police dept in a locked gun case, than register it with them. THAT IS STATE LAW IN MI
        sigpicMy statements do not represent my agency.

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        • #5
          AZ is a Free state, no registraion, licensing, etc.

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          • #6
            Im starting to like AZ
            sigpicMy statements do not represent my agency.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by armoredman
              AZ is a Free state, no registraion, licensing, etc.
              Same here. No stinking registration required. God Bless America.

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              • #8
                Not to appear too constutionalist, but every citizen's "license" is the 2nd Amendment. Too bad some states do not see it that way.

                In my state we don't register guns either. The only other requirement is if you wish to carry concealed; and then you still needn't register with the state or even fire the weapon in question.
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                • #9
                  To answer the OPs question… there is no registration requirement in Texas. The reason you hear about “registered guns” is because you hear it on TV and in movies. That is because most shows are produced in liberal states where gun ownership is made difficult for law abiding citizens. Not to get into the whole 2nd amendment debate but there are two separate and distinct camps in the “gun ownership” world. One thinks that you have the right to own any gun you’d like and the government should never know what you own, lest they come take them away! The other feels no ordinary citizen should own guns because guns kill people (not the person using the gun) and gosh that’s just wrong! To answer your other question, yes, all guns do have a serial number stamped on them. If that .38 does not or it looks like it was filed off…you might want to drop it in the river now!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by eman2k5
                    you should bring in your handguns to the police dept in a locked gun case, than register it with them. THAT IS STATE LAW IN MI
                    Oh yeah...if you live in Texas and you do this the DPS trooper is gonna look at you and say, "Boy, you ain't from round here are you?"

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                    • #11
                      to answer your question, im not too sure about certain requirements making you bring a gun to a police station (Horrible Idea...Horrible) but here in IL, you need a Firearm Owners ID Card (FOID)....you want to buy a new or used gun from a gun store, there is a waiting period to make sure nothing has changed since you last updated your FOID card. once the waiting period has passed and youve been approved, you can purchase the gun. Each gun has a serial number on it and is registered when you purchase the gun. *Illegal to own a gun with no serial number on it (scratched off). *Illegal to own a stolen gun or a gun that is not registered to you (as in your ex boyfriends gun that was probably stolen and passed along to multiple different people). *Illegal to carry any gun on you. lol i suggest you call your local police department, inform them that you'd like to forfeit some firearms in your possession and they will send over a uniformed officer to pick up the weapons. Just dont be suprised when some of those shady weapons show up as being used in a robbery or murder, lol
                      "If guns are outlawed...then only outlaws will have guns!"

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                      • #12

                        I own a gun that has no serial number on it -- because the revolver is too old and was made before they started stamping them. It is a family heirloom, but still works quite well whenever it is fired.


                        In VA, you don't need to "register" a gun - aside from filling out the necessary forms at the gun dealer when you purchase it. Our concealed-carry permits are good for either type (revolver or semi-auto) of handgun, so there is no need to "register" a particular gun the way you might in some states. Your permit will "let" you pack a little .22 or a huge .45 - depending upon your needs, the climate, your clothing, etc., etc.

                        Now, if we could just get the bad guys to register their guns, we would be better off and have less crime.


                        Some cynical folks out there believe that registration = confiscation. Judging by history, they may not be that far off base. Do you really want the government knowing where every weapon is? Not a good idea, folks.


                        Last edited by VA Dutch; 08-17-2006, 08:32 PM.

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                        • #13
                          Virginia here.

                          The only "registered" guns I know of are machine guns.

                          If anyone else tells me their gun is "registered" I pretty much know that they're a criminal. Because there's no such thing.
                          "Why is common sense so rare?" - Me

                          By the way.. They aren't "Clients" or "Customers" they're CRIMINALS... sheesh

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by KenW.
                            Not to appear too constutionalist, but every citizen's "license" is the 2nd Amendment. Too bad some states do not see it that way.
                            In my state we don't register guns either. The only other requirement is if you wish to carry concealed; and then you still needn't register with the state or even fire the weapon in question.
                            Well if that is the case how come our government is interfering with the ownership of guns by violent felons? To my knowledge the constitution says nothing about restricting violent felons.
                            -I don't feel you honor someone by creating a physical gesture (the salute). You honor them by holding them in memory and, in law enforcement, proceeding in vigilant, ethical police work. You honor this country or deceased soldiers or whatever you're honoring when you salute a flag by thinking, feeling, and continuing a life of freedom.

                            --ArkansasRed24

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by djack16
                              Well if that is the case how come our government is interfering with the ownership of guns by violent felons? To my knowledge the constitution says nothing about restricting violent felons.
                              The government isn't interfering with gun ownership by violent felons. Lots of them have guns. The government only bothers violent felons when they get caught doing something stupid.

                              What does the constitution say about felons voting?
                              "Why is common sense so rare?" - Me

                              By the way.. They aren't "Clients" or "Customers" they're CRIMINALS... sheesh

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